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Welcome to Cordillera Administrative Region

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ABOUT SEE & DO EAT & DRINK STAY FESTIVALS NEARBY

ABOUT

The only landlocked region in the country, CAR, which is located in the island of Luzon, is primarily mountainous. It is bordered by the Ilocos Region to west and southwest, and Cagayan Valley to the north, east, and southeast.

Location

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Best Time to Visit

For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.

Fast Facts

Area: 19,422.03 km² (7,498.88 mi²)

Population: 1,722,006

Density: 88/km2

Regional Center: Baguio

Languages: IlocanoBontocFilipinoEnglish

Provinces: 

CAR – Cordillera Administrative Region

PROVINCELAND AREA KM2POPULATION
Apayao4,165.25119,184
Abra4,413.35241,160
Kalinga3,231.25212,680
Mountain Province2,157.38154,590
Ifugao2,628.21202,802
Benguet2,826.59791,590
Total
19,422.031,722,006

Cities: (2) Baguio City, Tabuk City

Barangays: 1,177

Major Industries

  • Crops (Palay, Corn, Banana, Mango, Tomato, Tobacco, Coconut)
  • Minerals (Gold, Silver, Copper)
  • Mining
  • Textiles and Garments
  • Handicrafts and Furniture

Getting Here

The best way to get to CAR depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.

The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.

AIRPORTS

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BUS TERMINALS

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SEAPORTS

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Use the following online service to determine the various transportation options available to you based on your point of departure.

Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available in this region. 

Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

ACCOMMODATION
FOOD
TRANSPORTATION
ATTRACTIONS
AVERAGE DAILY COST
Budget
Accommodation: $7
Food: $5
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $20
Average Daily Cost: $37
Mid-Range
Accommodation: $30
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $80
Luxury
Accommodation: $70
Food: $30
Transportation: $15
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $145

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SEE & DO 

  • Baguio Cathedral
  • Batad Rice Terraces
  • Burnham Park
  • Camp John Hay
  • Mansion
  • Mines View
  • Mount Pulag
  • Philippine Military Academy (PMA)
  • Philippine War Memorial
  • Stobosa
  • Strawberry Farm
  • Sumaguing Cave
  • Witness an undying tradition
  • Wonderous Step

EAT & DRINK

  • Abra Miki Noodles (Abra)
  • Binungor (Apayao)
  • Etag (Benguet & Mountain Province)
  • Homemade yogurt (Mountain Province)
  • Ifugao coffee(Ifugao)
  • Kalinga Coffee (Kalinga)
  • Mountain rice (Kalinga)
  • Pinikpikan (Benguet)
  • Pinikpikan (Ifugao & Mountain Province)
  • Pinuneg (Benguet)
  • Pizza topped with Apayao delicacies (Apayao)
  • Sagada oranges (Mountain Province)
  • Strawberry taho (Benguet)
  • pinit (Mountain Province)

WHERE TO STAY

Where to Stay in Cordillera Administrative Region

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

  • Imbayah Festival
  • Panagbenga Festival

WHAT’S NEARBY

READ MORE: 17 Regions of the Philippines (with map)

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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